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No-deal Brexit would be 'disaster', warns EU business lobby

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New EU Commission faces turning climate pledges into reality

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The next European Commission taking charge of the EU from November has made an ambitious, global-leading fight against climate change the centrepiece...
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New EU chief doubles down on 'European way of life' tag

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US urges Guinea leader on democracy amid talk of new term

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The United States on Friday encouraged Guinea's visiting president to respect regular transitions of power as the leader flirts with ending...
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EU pours cold water on Johnson's Brexit strategy

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Brussels on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson against the idea he could strike a new Brexit deal with EU leaders before Britain...
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EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop'

EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop' EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop'
The EU said Wednesday it currently sees no alternative to the so-called "Irish backstop" in a Brexit withdrawal deal and warned the risk of...
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UK PM to call election if Brexit strategy defeated: top official

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call an election for October 14 if MPs vote against his Brexit strategy, a top official said Monday...
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Britons protest Johnson's Brexit 'coup' move

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Thai-American US senator hails 'messy' democracy in Bangkok

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No-deal Brexit would be 'disaster', warns EU business lobby

No-deal Brexit would be 'disaster', warns EU business lobby No-deal Brexit would be 'disaster', warns EU business lobby
A shock exit by Britain from the European Union without an agreement would be "a disaster", the European employers' organisation, Business...
Read More...

New EU Commission faces turning climate pledges into reality

New EU Commission faces turning climate pledges into reality New EU Commission faces turning climate pledges into reality
The next European Commission taking charge of the EU from November has made an ambitious, global-leading fight against climate change the centrepiece...
Read More...

New EU chief doubles down on 'European way of life' tag

New EU chief doubles down on 'European way of life' tag New EU chief doubles down on 'European way of life' tag
The European Commission's incoming chief, Ursula von der Leyen, on Monday defended a controversial "Protecting our European Way of Life" title...
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US urges Guinea leader on democracy amid talk of new term

US urges Guinea leader on democracy amid talk of new term US urges Guinea leader on democracy amid talk of new term
The United States on Friday encouraged Guinea's visiting president to respect regular transitions of power as the leader flirts with ending...
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EU pours cold water on Johnson's Brexit strategy

EU pours cold water on Johnson's Brexit strategy EU pours cold water on Johnson's Brexit strategy
Brussels on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson against the idea he could strike a new Brexit deal with EU leaders before Britain...
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EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop'

EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop' EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop'
The EU said Wednesday it currently sees no alternative to the so-called "Irish backstop" in a Brexit withdrawal deal and warned the risk of...
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UK PM to call election if Brexit strategy defeated: top official

UK PM to call election if Brexit strategy defeated: top official UK PM to call election if Brexit strategy defeated: top official
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call an election for October 14 if MPs vote against his Brexit strategy, a top official said Monday...
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Britons protest Johnson's Brexit 'coup' move

Britons protest Johnson's Brexit 'coup' move Britons protest Johnson's Brexit 'coup' move
Protesters wielding pro-democracy placards and EU flags rallied on Saturday in dozens of British cities against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's...
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Thai-American US senator hails 'messy' democracy in Bangkok

Thai-American US senator hails 'messy' democracy in Bangkok Thai-American US senator hails 'messy' democracy in Bangkok
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MEPs approved minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo, in a vote on Tuesday. The law, already agreed with EU ministers, grants a set of minimum rights for those in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, intermittent workers, voucher-based workers, platform workers, as well as paid trainees and apprentices if they work a minimum of three hours per week and 12 hours per four weeks on average. Self-employed workers will be excluded from the new rules.Increased transparencyAll workers need to be informed from day one as a general principle, and no later than seven days where justified, of the essential aspects of their employment contract, such as a description of duties, a starting date, the duration, remuneration, standard working day or reference hours for those with unpredictable work schedules.Better protection for new forms of employmentThe specific set of rights to cover new forms of employment includes:Workers with on-demand contracts or similar forms of employment should benefit from a minimum level of predictability such as predetermined reference hours and reference days. They should also be able to refuse, without consequences, an assignment outside predetermined hours or be compensated if the assignment was not cancelled in time.Member states shall adopt measures to prevent abusive practices, such as limits to the use and duration of the contract.The employer should not prohibit, penalise or hinder workers from taking jobs with other companies if this falls outside the work schedule established with that employer.New rules for probationary period and trainingProbationary periods will be no longer than six months or proportionate to the expected duration of the contract in the case of fixed-term employment. A renewed contract for the same function will not result in a new probationary period.Finally, the employer will provide mandatory training, which will count as working time, free of charge. When possible, such training should be completed within working hours.Quote Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE, ES), the rapporteur said : “This directive is the first big step towards implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, affecting all EU workers. All workers who have been in limbo will now be granted minimum rights thanks to this directive, and the European Court of Justice rulings, from now on no employer will be able to abuse the flexibility in the labour market.”Next stepsThe final text was adopted with 466 votes to 145 and 37 abstentions. The member states will have three years to put the rules into practice (foto-Jordiferrer/wikimedia).Debate: Tuesday, 16 AprilVote: Tuesday, 16 April Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement

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